On our Tour of Scotland in 2019 we saw many bluebells and rhododendrons. The weather was mixed, but we had 5 glorious days on the coast. As well as visiting new places, we met up with and stayed with friends from the past who we don’t often see, which was lovely. We went to a variety of different places – grand houses and gardens, coast, villages and towns.

Our first stop was with a friend at Leek in Staffordshire with a visit to Chatsworth (Derbyshire),

then to Ullswater in the Lake District for a waterfall and fell walk and a night at Penrith.

We arrived in Scotland and walked from Rockcliffe to Kippford and stayed on a farm near Gatehouse of Fleet for 4 nights and visited:

Port Patrick

Monreith and Isle of Whithorn

Galloway Forest

Dumfries House

Next we stayed with friends at Bridge of Weir for 4 nights and visited

Inveraray Castle

Kelburn Castle


then, passing Loch Lomond,

to Falkirk for 2 nights to visit

Culross and Stirling Castle

moving south we visited the mill village of New Lanark

and stayed for 4 nights at Galasheils, where we went to

Abbotsford – Sir Walter Scott’s home

Jedburgh and Floors Castle and Mertoun Gardens

Traquair House

Returning to England we stopped at

Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle on the way to stay with friends at Newcastle for 3 nights. They took us to see:


Hadrian’s Wall with lunch at Hexham and a visit to Durham

Seaton Sluice to Whitley Bay and Newcastle and Gateshead

To return home we visited Castle Howard near York, stayed one night near Sheffield, then had a wet day at Leamington Spa, which we cut short.

A very enjoyable 3 weeks away

To see the photos start at Chatsworth